In the 1980s Dr. Saad Saad was approached with a job offer he couldn’t pass up. The Saudi royal family wanted him to work as their personal pediatric surgeon. At the time he was working in New Jersey and he decided to take them up on this offer. He ended up working in Saudi Arabia for the next four and a half years. He says he looks back on this episode in his life fondly and having been a very worthwhile experience.
Dr. Saad Saad had been born in Palestine. During the formation of Israel his family moved to Kuwait which he where he was raised. He says he has seven siblings and that each of them have gone on to have very successful professional careers. He graduated from Cairo University in 1970 which is where he earned his medical degree. He went to the United Kingdom to do his internship and then moved to America in 1972. He chose to live and work in New Jersey which is also where he completed his residency in pediatric surgery. He became board-certified in pediatric surgery making him one of the very few in this profession in the United States who could speak both Arabic and English at the time
While he was in Saudi Arabia he worked at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh. He would perform pediatric surgeries involving both pretty simple cases and ones that were very complex in nature. While he was working there he performed life-saving surgery on a baby who had an aneurysm. This was the youngest child in the world to have been admitted to a hospital with this condition. This surgery ended up being written about in a world-class scientific journal due to its uniqueness.
Beyond the Saudi royal family the hospital Dr. Saad Saad worked at in Saudi Arabia also treated very poor children as well. He says that he came from a poor family himself and so if he wanted to escape that he needed to do very well in school. He says that he makes it a point to treat each patient the same no matter how much money their families have. He also thinks it is important to treat everyone the same regardless of religion, sex, color, or any physical or mental abilities they may have. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saad-saad-524707159/
His main office is in Eatontown, New Jersey. He performs surgeries in a number of hospitals in the region such as Monmouth Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Centrastate Medical Center, St Barnabas Medical Center, and the Medical Center of Ocean County among others. He accepts 23 insurance plans such as ones from QualCare, United Healthcare, CIGNA, AmeriHealth, and others.